Sinai Congregation

Street Address: 
Indiana Ave. and 21st
Chicago, IL

The Sinai Congregation is Chicago’s third oldest synagogue, founded in 1861.

It dedicated a new building on April 8, 1876, as reported in the Chicago Tribune of that date. Its previous building, at Van Buren and Third (now Plymouth Ct.) was destroyed in the fire of 1871. The website includes a vintage postcard of this building.

In 1912, it moved to a new location at 44th and Grand Boulevard (now King Drive).

A book entitled The Beginnings of the Chicago Sinai Congregation by Bernard Felsenthal was published in Chicago 1898 and is available at the Newberry (Call # F 6187 .29) or through Google Books.

There is a collection of 526 marriages from Sinai Congregation, 1861-1905, posted on Jewishgen at:

The American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio holds records of this congregation and has placed a finding aid online.

The congregation's current website offers a history of the synagogue.

Public domain thumbnail image from The Jews of Illinois (Chicago : Bloch & Newman, 1901), page 329. Available through the Internet Archive.



1876 - 1912

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